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beachit has been a glorious summer.  i love heat and sunshine and the slow pace of my life during this season. beach walks, ocean swims, deck dining, books and beer and birdnerding.

i do hope you found wonder and peace in your summer months.

just as summer arises, so too will it pass away.  the steady turning of the wheel; the hours of the sun in the sky shorten, fresh food is harvested from trees and fields, the return to school, the landscape takes on new colours.

and, new sessions of GENTLE YOGA  and GROUP KETTLEBELL CLASS begin!  all classes held at the West Royalty Community Centre, (usually) in the Upton Room.  mondays and fridays, GENTLE YOGA 10:30 – 11:30a and GROUP KETTLEBELL CLASS 12:00 – 12:45p.

*start date:  friday, september 6

*end date:  friday, december 20

*please note no classes:  friday september 27, monday september 30, friday october 11, monday october 14, friday november 8, monday november 11,  friday november 15, friday december 6.

there are 23 classes total in the session.  join us for the entire season for $186  or sign up for 12 of them for $102.  i am happy to negotiate other size packages with you, just get in touch!  payments can be etransferred (3oryoki@gmail.com) or by cash or cheque.

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breathing in, i calm my body

breathing out, i smile

dwelling in the present moment, i know this is a wonderful moment.

~ thich nhat hanh

 

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enjoy a 60 minute practice geared toward maintaining joint health and body strength as we age, move through stress-related soft-tissue tension, arthritis, or a variety of joint injuries.

a gentle flow warm-up sets the tone for stretches, basic postures, warm laughter, and a rejuvenating final relaxation.

no yoga experience is necessary for this class.

classes are on mondays and fridays at 10:30am

in the upton room at west royalty community centre.

begins on  march 1 and ends on april 29

*no classes on march 8, april 12, 22

15 classes $120

any 10 classes $85 

any 7/8 classes $63/$72

*add’l drop in for package participants $10
general drop in $12

Senior-yoga

enjoy a 60 minute practice geared toward maintaining joint health and body strength as we age, move through stress-related soft-tissue tension, arthritis, or a variety of joint injuries.

a gentle flow warm-up sets the tone for stretches, basic postures, warm laughter, and a rejuvenating final relaxation.

no yoga experience is necessary for this class.

classes are on mondays and fridays at 10:30am

in the upton room at west royalty community centre.

classes begin on january 7 and end on february 22

14 classes $112

any 10 classes $85

any 7 classes $63

*add’l drop in for package participants $10
general drop in $12

join us. we welcome new energies.

yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your well-being.       –Joel Kramer

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enjoy a 60 minute practice geared toward maintaining joint health and body strength as we age; also suitable for people with stress-related soft-tissue tension, arthritis, and a variety of joint injuries. a gentle flow warm-up sets the tone for stretches, basic postures, warm laughter, and a rejuvenating final relaxation.

no yoga experience is necessary for this class.

classes are on fridays and mondays at 10:30am

in the upton room at west royalty community centre.

classes begin on november 2 and end on december 21 (no classes november 9, 12, 23, 26)
11 classes $88
any 8 classes $68

*add’l drop in for package participants $10
general drop in $12

join us. we welcome new energies.

yoga is not about touching your toes. it is what you learn on the way down.  ~ jigar gor

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enjoy a 60 minute practice geared toward maintaining joint health and body strength as we age; also suitable for people with stress-related soft-tissue tension, arthritis, and a variety of joint injuries. a gentle flow warm-up sets the tone for stretches, basic postures, warm laughter, and a rejuvenating final relaxation. no yoga experience is necessary for this class.

classes are on fridays and mondays at 10:30am

at the charlottetown curling complex on euston street.

classes begin on september 7 and end on october 29 (no class monday october 8)
15 classes $120
10 classes $85
7 classes $63
*add’l drop in for package participants $10
general drop in $12

join us. we welcome new energies.

GENTLE YOGA

  • begins friday may 4th
  • MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS (*no class Monday May 21st)
  • 10:30a – 11:30a
  • Charlottetown Curling Club

 

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gentle yoga is appropriate for anyone who wants a slow-paced, well-supported, softer and relaxing practice. the class includes carefully programmed movements, controlled pressure, and well-measured stretches, including range of motion exercises. postures are approached in gradual steps, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition so that the practice is nourishing, simple to do and easy to remember.

please bring your own mat if you have one.

please register in advance.

  • 8 classes (1x/week) $72
  • 16 classes (2x/week) $128
  • Drop in $12

for registration or information, contact wendy   info@wendychappell.com  or leave message at 902-969-3738

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love, wendy

i have stared at this blank screen for a while and have not found a gentle, tender way to share this news.

the whole way health & fitness studio is closing. march 31, 2018 is the day.

ideally, i would like to share this news in a personal, face-to-face conversation with every single one of you who come to the studio.  that desire is not feasible.

most of you know that my life has changed quite a bit recently; there are new other  aspects of my day-to-day that I want to spend more time with. closing the studio made the most sense whenever i dared entertain the thought. the last few weeks have brought me to a place of peace with the thought.

the studio has always been about you. about each and every clientfriend friendclient who has created a space for themselves and, in the process, crafted an amazing communal space. i have had the gift and the immense pleasure of being the steward of that space.

i will not say good-bye to the collective energy of the studio quite yet. there are still kettlebells to swing and clubbells to swipe; lebarre class squats to do and so much yummy yoga to practice. there is a final a.m. ready session to grace our early morning alarms.

i look forward to spending sweaty. sweet time with you in these next months.

thank you.

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seaglassthe waters of the world — the oceans and seas — are powerful alchemists.

broken class is tumbled by currents, by waves. rolled in the sands of beaches, stroked along craggy rocks. over time, the sharp edges begin to smooth. the transparency of the glass is polished into an opaque lustre. what was once hard is now soft, what was once hidden is now revealed.

as with seaglass, a meditation practice performs this exact process on our mindheart.

when we sit with ourselves, we discover our hard places, our sharp edges, our cocoons. with time, the sharp edges begin to smooth, the hardness in us softens, the reasons we cocoon fall away.

what was once hidden is now revealed. compassion for self.

compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. at that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.”

― pema chödrön

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curiosity, an open sense of wonder, sometimes leads us to flip perceptions on their head in order to know things in different ways.

yesterday dawned as the last day of summer and ended as the first day of autumn.  it was forecast to be a warm, clear day and so i went to the beach to meet the dawning.

while the movement of planets, moons, stars and other celestial bits and pieces is a complex ethereal dance, the notion of the earth rotating on its lovely axial tilt as it travels in an ecliptic plane around the sun is not at all captured in the notions of ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’.

i have been sitting with this a bit lately.

yesterday, i stood still and quiet on beach sand damp with ebb tide while the horizon revealed the sun. in the vastness of that moment where the five elements met — earth, water, fire, air, ether —  there was a dizziness. a giddiness. a lived experience of rolling toward the sun.

as individuals that exist as part of a potentially infinite expanse, getting to know this expanse is part of getting to know of oneself.          ~ nicole katz on patanjali’s yoga sutra 2.44: svadhyayat ishta devata samprayogah

 

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